Apple sold more tablets in 2017 than Amazon and Samsung combined

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We're in love with the iPad Pro.
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Tablet sales are still on the rise worldwide and based on a new report from the International Data Corporation, Apple’s iPad is one of the biggest reasons why.

The IDC published its latest analysis of the tablet market today and according to the firm’s analysts, the detachable tablet market grew 10.3% this past holiday season compared to the year before and Apple was one of the only companies to see much growth.

Demo shows how ARKit will change bookstores forever

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iOS 11.3 brings new ARKit experiences.
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ARKit hasn’t produced any apps that are absolutely must-haves, but that could soon change with iOS 11.3.

Apple has added some new ARKit features in the updates slated for release this spring. iOS developer Andrew Hart has already created a demo that utilizes the image recognition tools to identify books on a store shelf while providing reviews and ratings from the internet.

Prepare to be amazed:

Over half a billion devices now ‘actively’ use Siri

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Siri usage is climbing rapidly.
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Siri is now “actively” used on more than half a billion devices, Apple has revealed. The virtual assistant, which will be used to control HomePod, has been attracting users at a rapid rate despite falling behind its competitors in features and accuracy.

The Side Hustle Bundle teaches how to make money online [Deals]

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We could all use a little more scratch. This bundle of courses will teach you how to earn extra money with an online side hustle.
We could all use a little more scratch. This bundle of courses will teach you how to earn extra money with an online side hustle.
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It’s 2018, the era of the side hustle. Because these days, everybody could use a little extra cash. And like everything else, you can find it online. That is, if you know what you’re doing.

How to pair your AirPods with your Kindle Oasis

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A new Kindle software update adds AirPod-friendly Bluetooth.
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Amazon is rolling out an update to the Kindle Oasis which activates a hitherto-dormant Bluetooth chip, allowing you to connect it to speakers and headphones. That includes your Apple AirPods, if you have some. Today we’ll see how to connect and use your AirPods with your Kindle Oasis, and take a look at the other new features in this recent update.

Apple TV makes a comeback on Amazon

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The new 4K Apple TV is a pricey but capable streaming box.
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Amazon is finally back in the business of selling Apple TVs.

The online retail giant stopped selling Apple’s set-top-boxes back in 2015. But the company is extending an olive branch to both Apple and Google and has created new listings for the Apple TV and Chromecast.

Amazon tops Apple for title of best-managed company

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Amazon is on fire.
Amazon is on fire.
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American tech companies are a some of the most effectively managed businesses in the world, according to a new landmark system that ranked the top 250 companies.

Even though Apple is the world’s most profitable company, the rankings found that Amazon is actually the most efficiently run business. But Apple follows at a close second.

Music streaming is a horrible business, says Apple Music boss

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Jimmy Iovine talks up Apple Music at WWDC 2015.
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Spotify is in for a rough future, according to Apple’s Jimmy Iovine, who is warning the music industry not to place too much faith in the tech industry.

Iovine sat down for a new interview where he discussed the future of the music industry. According to the Apple Music boss, record labels are “100 percent” overly optimistic about where things are headed with technology.